Great Falls Canal Boat Rides

Mule-drawn Canal Boat rides will start again April 2015!
Charles F. Mercer replica packet boat in Lock 20

Great Falls Mule Drawn Boat Rides

Take a trip back in time to the 1870's! Ride along the historic C&O Canal in a boat pulled by mules. Experience rising 8 feet in a lock. Hear park rangers in period clothing describe what life was like for the families that lived and worked on the canal. Enjoy life at a slower pace.

$8.00 for adults (ages 16-61), $6.00 for seniors (ages 62 +), and $5.00 for children (ages 4-15). Children aged three and under ride free.

Ten or more people are required to make advance reservations for the boat ride. Otherwise, seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Charles F. Mercer boat capacity is 65 people. The boat programs last approximately one hour.

Public Boat Rides - 2015 Spring Season (April 4 - May 31)

Saturday & Sunday - 11:00am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm

Public Boat Rides - 2015 Summer Season (June 5 - August 30)

Friday, Saturday & Sunday - 11:00am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm

Please call ahead as special circumstances may affect this schedule.

To Reserve Tickets for a group of 10 or more

During Visitor Center operating hours (Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00AM to 4:30PM) one of our rangers will be happy to assist you with making a reservation on the Charles F. Mercer canal boat at Great Falls. The Visitor Center desk can be reached at 301-767-3714.

After Visitor Center operating hours, you can leave a message. You will be contacted by a ranger to confirm the details of your reservation. Please make sure you speak with a ranger before the day of your requested boat tour.

Thank you!

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